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Refugee Law and Policy

This course will examine international and domestic foundations of refugee law and policy.  The beginning of the course will focus on the origins of refugee law, the institutional framework of refugee protection, and the history of U.S. refugee policy.  During the course, students will examine the definition of refugee focusing on the grounds for asylum claims and persecution. Students will analyze the procedural and evidentiary requirements to obtain refugee status and critique the methods for limiting access to refugee status.  Specific focus will be given to contemporary issues in refugee law including gender asylum claims; modifications to the refugee process throughout the world post 9/11; the detention of asylum seekers; and the rights of asylum seekers. Enrollment limited. [3 credits]